Katherine Kam is an award-winning journalist who has written about health, medicine, travel, cultures, social issues and many other topics.
Her passion lies in exploring hidden worlds. She has written about parents in San Francisco’s Chinatown who are raising children in tiny single rooms above the tourist shops, as well as men and women who suffer—quietly and invisibly—from psychological trauma.
Her work has appeared in national media outlets, including WebMD, the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Salon, New America Media, Kaiser Health News, Time Inc. and Time Warner publications. Her stories have won awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the American Business Press and Time Inc.’s Henry R. Luce Awards.
After receiving a Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Journalism Fellowship, she spent a year reporting on the emotional struggles of Asian American students. Her three-part series, which published in New America Media, reached at least 7.8 million readers, according to the Carter Center. The National Alliance on Mental Illness featured the project on its website, and the Journalism Center on Children and Families and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism cited the series as an example of best practices in mental health reporting.
She earned a BA in English from the University of California, Davis and an MA in magazine journalism from Syracuse University. Currently, she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.